|2011-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Reading any good baseball books these days?|
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
|Been bouncing between the Wizard of Waxahachie, on manager Paul Richards, and Cardboard Gods, by recent ProGUESTus contributor Josh Wilker. Oh, and I should mention that I just reread our own Baseball Between the Numbers as we prepare a follow-up to that now-classic tome. (Steven Goldman)|
|2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||So, only Barrow, Weiss, Rickey, and Gillick are in the Hall as "team architects". Who else should be in your opinion? I would nominate Bob Howsam, certainly.|
(hotstatrat from Toronto)
|Larry MacPhail is too, although he did other things as well, like bringing in radio and lights. Howsam is a good choice. Paul Richards, maybe. I wrote an article here at BP awhile back about John Quinn (http://bit.ly/dHlQNZ) which wasn't intended to argue for enshrinement, but he built three pennant winners for the Braves and got the Phillies very close (the infamous '64 team). (Steven Goldman)|
|2010-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Bing Crosby? Speaking of compartmentalizing...
It'll be good to see you guys back in Boston this year, even if I still don't know whether to thank you or Kevin for recommending Crazy '08 and The Glory of Their Times. Any recommendations on the baseball book front? I already bought my copy of the annual, I swear|
(Jack from Boston)
|Thanks for bringing that up... Kevin, Marc Normandin, and I will be appearing in Boston on March 15 and 16. I should mention Washington DC on March 9 as well. Once again, please see the events page. Re baseball books, I've become kind of picky. I've been working through Chris Jaffe's book on managers and will have a review up soon, though not sure if I'll write it up here or for the Pinstriped Bible. Given that some of the book is conceived as a response to a chapter in our Baseball Between the Numbers, I worry that if I review it here it will give the wrong message. I've also been working on the new bio of Paul Richards and really need to get back to that. Unfortunately, a small factual error at the very beginning put me off of it for a bit. (Steven Goldman)|
|2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Phil Hughes staying or going?|
(Eric from Manorville)
|Bunch of questions about Phil Hughes, though it's possible they're all from the same fellow under multiple aliases. Mom, is that you? Actually, I doubt my mom thinks about Phil Hughes much. She might think about Mickey Mantle sometimes... I think he should stay, and the Yankees will get their reward for putting up with the inconsistency -- ultimately, he'll break through. Now that's what I think, not necessarily what they'll do when/as/if Wang looks ready and Hughes hasn't made a stronger impression, and maybe you can't argue about it if they're still competitive at that point. If they're just string along as they are currently, maybe it's a different matter.
...I should have mentioned Paul Richards before in that manager question. Before my time, but he seemingly had a lot on the ball. In a minor key way, I've also wondered why Jim LeFebrve didn't get more respect given what he accomplished with the M's and the Cubs.
...And why isn't Whitey Herzog in the HOF? (Steven Goldman)
|2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Won't Paul Richards always be remembered as the guy that tried to turn Goose Gossage into a starter?|
(LindInMoskva from DC)
|I figured someone would bring that up. That came at the last moment of Richards' career, after 15 years spent in front offices instead of on the field. He was almost 70 years old and his thinking about the value of relievers had become antiquated. I don'[t think his whole career should be judged on the basis of that one bad decision -- which is not to say that he didn't have others -- but we have to take people on balance. (Steven Goldman)|